You may have heard that the military is concerned about “making our numbers” this recruiting year. We are in competition with other employers for a narrowing pool of physically and mentally fit talent. Instead of grousing about it, we’re just being more innovative.
For example, this little pink Sailor sweater (a crackerjack sweater to be specific) is for the soon to be born daughter of Melinda, one of the Navy women with whom I work. Her husband is in the Navy too. So you see, if we can’t recruit them, at least we can reproduce them! We’ll make sure their paychecks get a bit of a bonus if she signs on beyond toddlerhood.
I’m actually pretty pleased with the results of this effort. The base pattern is by Catherine Shields and is called the Brendan Sweater. I found it on etsy. I wasn’t entirely happy with the original neckline, so I modified it a bit and I added the neckerchief detail to make it look more authentic. Even Allen admitted it was pretty cute. Oh, and look at that mattress stitching! I think I finally got the hang of it. My first effort at intarsia as well. It was a fun and fast knit…and gives me something to show at show and tell at guild next week. I still have to deal with the sizing problem on the adult sweater I pieced last week and I don’t think I’ll have gotten to it by Monday.